Friday, May 24, 2013

#379: Third Eye Blind-Semi Charmed Life (Top 500 Modern Rock Songs Of All Time)

#379
(Top Modern Rock Songs Of All Time)
Song: "Semi Charmed Life"
Artist: Third Eye Blind
Release Date: June, 1997
From the Album: Third Eye Blind (1997)



Quick Take: "Semi-Charmed Life," the 1997 smash hit that broke the modern rock band Third Eye Blind, illustrates that, if packaged "right," songwriters really can say anything in their recordings. The infectious and buoyant rock song, with catchy guitar work and spirited "doo-doo-doo-doos" in the chorus, mask the fact that this recording contains blatant lyrics about oral sex and drug-induced highs. Its seemingly controversial subject matter didn't prevent "Semi-Charmed Life" from enjoying heavy rotation on a panoply of multi-format radio stations. In fact, because "Semi-Charmed Life" is so fun and effervescent, its taboo themes go undetected. There isn't even a parental-advisory sticker on Third Eye Blind's self-titled album, where the song can be found. The song has even graced a few movie promotional commercials. This song served two purposes: It introduced to audiences a very talented band who went on to release successful follow-up material. It also goes to show the unpredictability of music-industry authorities. Similar recordings get slapped with all sorts of regulatory red tape, but not Third Eye Blind and "Semi-Charmed Life." God bless 'em.

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